Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

verrucose

Definition:(adjective) Covered with warts or wartlike projections.
Synonyms:wartlike, warty
Usage: The witch extended her verrucose arm and shook her gnarled finger in the little boy's face.
Article of the Day

Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs are images created in rock by incising, pecking, carving, and abrading the rock surface. These rock carvings are found across the world and are often associated with prehistoric communities. The oldest known petroglyphs have been dated to about 12,000 years ago, and are thought to have been an early form of symbolic communication or perhaps a sort of “pre-writing.” What is the one continent on which petroglyphs have not been discovered? More...
This Day in History

First Oktoberfest Held in Munich, Germany (1810)

The first Oktoberfest was held as a horse race celebrating the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Saxony-Hildburghausen. In the years that followed, the race was combined with the state agricultural fair, and food and drink were offered. Since that time the 16-day festival has become, above all else, a celebration of German beer, drawing more than five million attendees annually. How many millions of liters of beer did Oktoberfest attendees consume in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Edith Stein (1891)

Born into an observant Jewish family, Stein converted to Christianity in 1922. After studying philosophy, she became a nun in 1934. She moved from Germany to the Netherlands to avoid Nazi persecution, but in 1942 she was arrested because of her Jewish heritage. She was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp and died in the gas chamber that year. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1998 and is also known as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. With what miracles is Stein credited? More...
Quotation of the Day
If fun is good, truth is still better, and love best of all.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

have got to (do something)

To be obligated, obliged, or required to (do something). More...
Today's Holiday

Equatorial Guinea Independence Day (2016)

On this day in 1968, Equatorial Guinea became independent from Spain after being one of its colonies for nearly 300 years. On October 12—the same day on which Columbus Day is celebrated elsewhere in the world—Equatorial Guinea celebrates its autonomy with a national holiday. More...
In the News

How an Underwater Heat Wave Is Bleaching Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are suffering a severe underwater heat wave this year for the third time on record, including a mysterious warm patch in the Pacific known as "The Blob," scientists said on Thursday.The bout of record high temperatures in parts of the oceans, ... More...
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